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lone star tick

Was the tick a "Lone Star" tick? You said "Deer Tick" - that can be a generic term covering a lot of ticks.

Here is a Lone Star tick. Notice the white spot on its back.



The lone star tick carries a bacteria that has signs like Lymes disease, but its not. Its very important to pay attention to tick bites, when you get bit by a tick - does that tick have a white spot on its back? If it does, its a lone star tick. And if you develop a rash - it is not lymes disease.

http://www.health.ri.gov/disease/communicable/lyme/southern.php

Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) is an illness transmitted to humans by tick bites. It is caused by the bacteria Borrelia lonestari. Individuals infected with STARI develop a bull’s-eye rash exactly like the rash associated with Lyme disease. Infected persons may also develop mild symptoms consisting of fatigue, headache, stiff neck, or fever. STARI is often treated with a short course of the antibiotic doxycycline. These symptoms may indicate a different tick-borne disease, but STARI itself does not appear to be serious or potentially fatal.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/stari/index.htm
A rash similar to the rash of Lyme disease has been described in humans following bites of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. The rash may be accompanied by fatigue, fever, headache, muscle and joint pains. This condition has been named southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).
 
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